Former President Donald Trump said he is “honored” and “invigorated” after winning the Republican Iowa caucuses in record time.
Trump will take home the lion’s share of the Hawkeye State’s 40 delegates after the race was called roughly 30 minutes after voting commenced. The former president had long maintained a significant polling advantage over his Republican challengers, which ultimately culminated in a quick victory in the Republican primary’s first official contest.
“I feel great,” Trump told Fox News after the race was called. “I am greatly honored by such an early call.”
“It really is an honor that, minutes after, they’ve announced I’ve won—against very credibly competition—great competition, actually,” Trump said, adding that the result was “a tremendous thing and a tremendous feeling.”
The former president went on to say that re-gaining control of the country is critical. “Our country has gone through so many bad things over the last three years and it is continuing to go through bad things,” he said, listing the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East as one example.
“I feel really invigorated and strong for our country,” Trump told Fox News. “We want to Make America Great Again—the greatest slogan ever—and the fact is, that’s what we did.”
He went on to tout his administration’s accomplishments on energy independence, rebuilding the U.S. military and “the greatest economy ever.”
“We’re going to quickly do it all again,” he said. “We are going to fix our border and we are going to do it and do it quickly.”
Former President Trump spoke to Fox News Digital shortly after Decision Desk HQ and other news outlets called the Iowa caucuses for him, saying he felt “greatly honored.”
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The victory came with an extra level of satisfaction for the Trump campaign after he narrowly came up short against Senator Ted Crux (R-TX) in 2020. Trump went on to score a major victory in New Hampshire before pulling off an astonishing victory in South Carolina weeks later that ended up propelling him to the nomination and eventually, the White House.